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Epidexipteryx by EWilloughby Epidexipteryx by EWilloughby
The sixth of my illustrations for mine and ~Agahnim's evolution book, Epidexipteryx hui. If you're unfamiliar with our book, feel free to check out the previous five illustrations: Jinfengopteryx, Microraptor, Archaeopteryx, Velociraptor, and Sinornithosaurus.

Epidexipteryx is a fairly recent discovery from the mid or upper Jurassic-age Daohugou Beds of Inner Mongolia, China, and is a maniraptoran of the same family as Epidendrosaurus, on which the speculative third digit is based.

What makes Epidexipteryx unique is its tail, which sported several long, flat feathers anchored to a skeletal structure similar in nature to the modern pygostyle of birds. The tail feathers appear very primitive and completely lack barbs, and instead are like long, flat sheets of keratin supported by a central rachis.

Thanks again to ~Agahnim and the Gondolendians for their anatomy critiques and discussion.

Conté crayon on drawing paper.

Only two more to go. :)
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the somewhat vicious look on his face, showing the personality of little predator. =o)
Once again, incredible job!
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much. :) I do always try to give my dinosaurs some personality and expressiveness, but sometimes I worry that it comes across as too cartoony or fantasy-like.
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Not cartoonish at all! You should see our cat! I clearly recognize that look! So well captured!
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Pyroraptor280 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
excellent pic the tail could use work but still an amazing pic.
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Daizua123 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I love this little guy. He looks more like a peacock than a dinosaur.
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vinczeerno Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist
Really nice! It reminds me a saurian version of the aye-aye! Maybe they indeed lived in a similar niche...
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babbletrish Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
The whole series is excellent! Love the face on this little guy.
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ebelesaurus Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Student Filmographer
i did this dino too!!!!!
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Swampqueen Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
I love this entire series! I hadn't heard of this dinosaur before, its tail is very interesting.
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Schatten-Drache Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I saw the ginko first after some time, great details :D
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